40 years later … Solid Rock and an autographed treasure.

The year was 1982. As a college student with a fresh radio spot on Hamilton College’s radio station WHCL, I penned an editorial that was later picked up by Billboard magazine. The article was read by a mobile DJ in Melbourne, Australia, who sent me a cassette tape of various Oz Rock artists that hadn’t…

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If Moldova doesn’t win Eurovision, WE RIOT!!

I’ve heard about the Eurovision song contest. I’ve heard the results of the Eurovision song contest. I even watched that 2020 film on Netflix – that one with Will Ferrell, you know the one. So when I discovered that the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was available for us American viewers via the Peacock streaming service,…

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The last ride of the Rubber Duck. Rest in peace, C.W. McCall.

Bill Fries passed away last Friday. The former mayor of Ouray, Colorado lived to the ripe old age of 93. Prior to his political career, he worked in advertising, and had a successful campaign for a Nebraska-based bread. I knew him, however, as C.W. McCall. And most people knew C.W. McCall as the person behind…

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Dolly Parton’s Choice

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently announced their nominees for the next induction, and among those on the nomination list were country music singer, songwriter, philanthropist and all-around nice person Dolly Parton. Now you’re thinking to yourself … Dolly Parton, rock and roller? Well, you could make a convincing argument that many of…

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Theatrical Rock and Meat Loaf

Marvin Lee Aday passed away. He was 74. But if you’ve never known him as Marvin Lee Aday, you would certainly know him by his stage name. Meat Loaf. For Meat Loaf was one of the strongeset purveyors of bombastic theatrical rock, a musical genre that encompassed big, stirring lyrics, explosive melodies, and movement changes…

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The lineup for the 2021 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train “At Home” online concert is…

So even though I can’t photograph the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train this year, thanks to COVID-19 still active (thanks a pantload, all you navel-gazing anti-vaxxers), there is still a concert scheduled that will raise money for food banks and community pantries throughout North America. So instead of happily freezing my fingers off, taking photos of…

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Winnie-the-Pooh BEFORE Winnie the Pooh.

Clarification. What we know today as the beloved character Winnie the Pooh in all the Walt Disney movies and TV shows was actually the main character in a series of children’s books, including The House at Pooh Corner and Now We Are Six, written by A.A. Milne. The character of Winnie-the-Pooh was based on his…

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That Beach Boys mondegreen can get mon-de-violent.

Kurt Busiek is a very famous comic book artist. You might know him from books like Astro City and Arrowsmith; he’s one of the people that created the legendary Thunderbolts comic series (which, by the way, why aren’t the Thunderbolts in the MCU yet?). I say this, because one day, he quoted the lyrics from…

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Let’s record an album in quarantine.

I have been a fan of the rock band Dragon for nearly 40 years. It all started when a Melbourne, Australia-based friend shipped me a cassette of their then-current hit “Rain,” along with some of their earlier tracks. A few years alter, I was blessed to interview several of the band members for a Goldmine…

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Wait, there’s an ANTI-Blotto record out there?

I am a big fan of the Albany-based rock band Blotto. Have been, always will be. I still have a couple of autographed discs from them in my personal holdings, and I still argue that “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard” should have been a nationwide hit. And by “nationwide,” I needed to hear Casey Kasem…

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